Tag Archives: Intersection Thought Leadership Series

Creating Systemic Global Innovation – Follow Your North Star

When a team representing diverse sectors collaborates to represent their own interests while focused on a common goal, well-defined opportunities and accelerated solutions are often the result. Today’s global development field is exciting for the tremendous opportunities present to create big … Continue reading

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Innovation in Emerging Markets

by Nick James We’re used to the news of technology emanating out from Silicon Valley. Competition keeps us at the cutting edge, so much so that it can drown out some of the world’s most exciting examples of innovation. But … Continue reading

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Invigorated by African Business

by Colin Higgins with Nick James

In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, taxi cab drivers take payments via mobile phone. After depositing some cash at the airport a-la a Bureau de Change exchange, I was set for an incredibly smooth consumer experience. African do business using mobile phonesEveryone from roadside merchants to tour guides charges for their goods and services via an SMS service called M-Pesa, which drives business for 18.2 million users. Safaricom, the provider of this service, has been publicly traded since 2002.

The common perception of market opportunities in Africa is distorted, and lacking an understanding of the ubiquity of technology. In fact, the proliferation of wireless connectivity is already enabling the economies of Tanzania and Kenya to participate in tech, leapfrogging traditional barri Continue reading

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